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Monday, April 03, 2006

More birthday cake fun!

For my doll loving daughter I decided to make her a mini doll cake, otherwise known as a barbie doll cake to most. I cannot find a really good moist white/yellow cake recipe so I resorted to a good 'ol duncan hines boxed cake mix. For the skirt of the cake I used a Pampered Chef 1 quart batter bowl but you can also use an ovensafe glass bowl. I greased and floured the pampered chef bowl really good and then filled it alomst up to the top so that she would have a nice long skirt. I then took the leftover batter and baked that in a square pan for her platform.

I baked the bowl about 1 hr 15 minutes until it was done when I put in a pick in the middle. The square one didnt take that long, 25 minutes maybe??

Let them both cool and then flip to rack to finish cooling. I made this frosting and blew up 2 hand mixers LOL I used half butter and half crisco.

Best White Icing Ever
Serves/Yields: 4 to 5 cups. (20 servings)

This icing recipe is #1! It's quick and easy to make, bright white for cake decorating, and you can easily change it's consistency! This is the most important icing recipe you'll ever have. It's so basic, it makes the hassle of cake decorating so much easier! If you wish, use half shortening and half unsalted butter.

4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup shortening
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon clear imitation vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine sugar, shortening, water and vanilla. Beat on low speed to combine, then beat on medium speed for a full five minutes. It won't look like Icing at first, but keep the mixer going for a full five minutes, and then you're done!
Note: If you're not using this for decorating, but just for icing the cake, thin the icing by adding 3 tbs. of corn syrup, or water to the icing.

-I had to add about 2T more water b/c this was so very thick and hard to work this.

I tinted some the lavendar color and a tiny bit the green. I tried to decorate the cake to look like her dress.

I put the platform on the foil covered board and coated it with the white and then added the upside down bowl in the middle of that and started with the stars on the top,lavendar. I should have put on a thin layer of white before doing the stars but I was afraid of running out of icing. It was ok but a few spots of cake did show through but it still tasted great and Gwen loved "my cake" as she kept saying and pointing! After you finish the skirt take the legs off of a mini barbie type doll( we found ours at dollar general) and then put wooded picks in her leg holes to hold her on top of the cake and then using a small star tip "ice" on the top of her dress all the way around.


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